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Taiwan urged to adjust athletic categories for world competitions

Taiwan urged to adjust athletic categories for world competitions

Taiwan's sports authorities were urged Friday to adjust the direction of their athletic nurturing policies for athletes being groomed to compete internationally.
Legislative Yuan Vice Speaker Tseng Yung-chuan, who doubles as vice chairman of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, said sports circles should probably consider adjusting their training direction to help Taiwan perform better in world competition.
He made the suggestion after Taiwan managed to win only four bronze medals at the Beijing Olympic Games, which are scheduled to close Sunday, with a score standing of 71 as of Thursday -- almost at the bottom of the score standings of all the participating nations that have won one or more medals at this year's games.
Commenting on the largely lackluster performances by Taiwanese athletes at the games -- two bronze medals in taekwondo and two in weightlifting -- Tseng said Taiwan should probably consider training more athletes in sports like shooting, which offered 42 gold medals at the Asian Games.
"The shooting events impose no age, height or weight restrictions on the contenders and the discipline has a high `investment return rate, '" Tseng said.
"Once a policy is set, potential national team athletes could be trained from the junior high school stage, " he said, adding that it would cost little in terms of training national team players, but would have a major influence on results.
As for the performances of the men's and women's taekwondo athletes being poorer this year than originally expected, Tseng suggested that in future, the fighters be given more opportunities to receive training abroad and to compete with foreign athletes to increase their experience and strength for international competition.


Updated : 2021-02-28 18:38 GMT+08:00